Harlow R. Fletcher
Harlow Ray Fletcher, 73, of Berne passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at his home while surrounded by his family. He was born on September 12, 1939 in New London, Wisconsin to Ray and Eilene (Fox) Fletcher. He was married on June 3, 1963 to Carolyn Shoemaker.
He was a well-loved teacher for 43 years. He retired from teaching at South Adams Elementary School in 2004. He was a member of the West Missionary Church, where he faithfully served in many capacities. Other groups in which he participated were the Edelweiss Singers, Classroom Teachers Association, and the Reading Teachers Association.
He leaves his legacy with his wife; four daughters, Colleen (Peter) Rupp; and Jeannine (Curtis) Wurster, both of Berne; Christine (Rodney) Burton of Fort Wayne; and Kathleen (Trent) Reynolds of Bellefontaine, Ohio; two brothers, Lee Fletcher of Port Edwards, Wisconsin; and Marvin (Mary) Hintz of Nekoosa, Wisconsin; two sisters, Bonnie (Dennis) Wilhelm; and Betty Ubinger; and grandchildren, Mackenzie, Michaela, Xavier, and Michael; Kirsten and Caleb; Alexandra and Jacob; and Chloe, Zane, and Ezekiel.
He was preceded in death by his father; his mother, Eilene Fox Fletcher Hintz; two brothers, Mark Fletcher; and Gayle Fletcher; and grandson Zachary Fletcher Rupp.
Matthew 25:23 states, “The Master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant’.” This succinctly characterizes his life. He treasured time spent with his wife of 49 years and his children and grandchildren who frequented their home. Because of his love for the Lord, which led to a passion for others, he invested in countless lives in his church and community. He loved life and cherished each day God blessed him with which was evident to anyone who ever encountered him. Before his illness, his favorite pastime was traveling, including trips to Israel, Europe, Alaska and the British Isles among his favorites.
Although we are never ready to let go of a husband, father, and grandfather, we know the Christian heritage Harlow left us with gives us a hope death cannot take away. 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 says, “When our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die- then at last the Scripture will come true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ 57: How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Visitation will be from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne and one hour prior to the 10:00 a.m. funeral service on Monday, October 8 at the West Missionary Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Keith Rupp. Burial will take place at Backesto Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials may be made to the West Missionary Church Building Fund or Family LifeCare.
Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at yagerkirchhofer.com.